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Your Tropical Haven Away from Home W/ Pool & Wi-Fi

74 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Atenas House Rental Photos and Description

2 2-bedroom houses, 1 suite with a kitchen, + some more rooms with a bathroom.

You will be treated as a Blessing at Casa de Megumi with friendly greetings and all the help you need for your vacation.

Megumi is a Japanese word, which means blessing, abundance, and grace; that is how you will be treated here.

Remodeling inside and out of all three rental units (a house called Casa de Lantana, a self-contained condo-style suite called Orchid Room Suite, and a room with a full bathroom called Buena Vista) has just been completed by the new owner. Also, we manage a newly built 2-bedroom, 2-full bath guest house on the second floor in downtown Atenas, within walking distance to many places including banks, restaurants, supermarkets, etc.

Casa de Lantana is surrounded by gardens and has a large roofed patio where you can eat, work, and take a nap in a hammock. A different way of life and being! Pura vida!

Orchid Room Suite also has a roofed patio, located right next to the pool, surrounded by tropical gardens and mature trees. Seeing beautiful night lights over the pool with a glass of wine in your hand at the terrace can be very romantic.

And, the brand new 2-bedroom, 2-full bathroom, a spacious walk-in-closet, living room with a dining area and a kitchen with a washer, Cable TV, WiFi is conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Atenas, from which you can go to anywhere within walking distance.

Our vacation rentals in Rio Grande site are located in a 6 acre property filled with various kinds of tropical flowers, plants, and mature trees. You will be able to watch more than 50 kinds of birds, animals, and soul-touching far-away ocean views and sunsets from the office in Casa Grande.

You will be staying at a completely fenced and gated property for your privacy and security. Our pool is always clear and well maintained for your enjoyment. And, you can park your car in a large parking lot saved for our guests.

Friendly housekeeping, maid services, laundry services, authentic Costa-Rican food, massage therapies, and professional coaching sessions are available with advance requests.

We understand how important high-speed Internet or WiFi is to our guests. Thus, it is offered to our guests as a complimentary service in all rental units: inside and outside of the units as well as at the pool side. Your desire to be connected with your loved ones and your business is understood and respected in our place.

For your adventures, various kinds of tours can be arranged: volcanoes, hot springs, beaches, canopy tours, white-water rafting, butterfly gardens, orchid gardens, coffee plantations, hiking, Cloud Forest, famous churches, flea markets, museums, San Jose, Escazu, and other tourist spots.

We are only 3 miles from Atenas, which has many restaurants, supermarkets, medical and dental offices, banks, the post office, and many other places you need for ordinary living. We also have a guest house at downtown Atenas for those guests whose primary focus is convenience.

Atenas has many retirees from the U.S., Canada, and Europe and is known to have a very active, supportive expat community which is not found elsewhere.

Many of our guests are retirees, young parents with young to school-age children, and some others are location-independent professionals who work online from our place. We understand both their needs.

If you are looking for a laid-back, relaxing, affordable and beautiful accommodation for your adventurous vacation or for your online professional work in Costa Rica, yes, you are at the right place!

Welcome Home at Casa de Megumi, where you will be treated as a BLESSING!

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  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Hisano Bell
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, Japanese
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Calendar last updated:
September 16, 2016
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About Hisano Bell

What I want to create here in this world is to do the best I can, no matter what I do, to make a difference in the hearts of people I come to contact with. I believe that every one of us is a blessing, a special being, with special gifts to give and receive. That is how I meet and serve all our guests, friends, and family. It is my sincere hope to meet as many blessings as possible in this life time. Hisano Bell

Hisano Bell purchased this house in 2008

Why Hisano Bell chose Alajuela Province

Because of the world's best climate and beautiful sunset scenery from Casa Grande in a 6-acre lot, in a very friendly Tico neighborhood. This was exactly what we wanted, after having traveled to many places in Costa Rica. This is one of the most beautiful, friendliest, and safest places we have been to and at the same time it is close to all major facilities we may need, such as the major airport, good medical facilities and international malls, especially since we now have a new highway directly to San Jose and Escazu in only 25 minute driving or to the beaches on the Pacific Coast.

What makes this house unique

You can relax and work at the same time here with the pool and high-speed Internet connection inside and outside of the rental units and around the pool. Both complimentary. You will be welcomed just like when you are going back to your hometown, where everyone treats you like their own family members. Now, we also manage a newly built beautiful, Western style apartment in downtown Atenas, within a walking distance to everything. From this location, you can go to anywhere by bus easily.


based on 74 traveler reviews

Your Tropical Haven Away from Home W/ Pool & Wi-Fi
average rating of 4.972973 based on 74 reviews

Great experience!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Megumi was the first stop of our journey around Costa Rica. Casa Megumi includes apartment in downtown Atenas and a house (Casa Lantana) and an apartment within 2 km drive from Atenas. We truly enjoyed spectacular mountain views, gorgeous landscape, lush vegetation, and very comfortable stay in Casa Lantana. We travelled with two small kids. Two bedrooms of Casa Lantana perfectly worked for us. House was exceptionally clean and welcoming. A big covered patio with a hammock and a table for four was our favorite place to hang out when we were at home. There is also a pool that our kids very much enjoyed.

Atenas served us a perfect base to explore central Costa Rica. We travelled to Carara National Park, Grecia, Sarchi, Zarcero, San Jose/ Escazu/ Alajuela.

Hisano is a great great host. She goes beyond your expectations to make your stay comfortable. She eagerly shares tips on getting around, transportation, buying groceries, money exchange, etc. She also helped us to Rent a car that was delivered to the house.

Highly recommend! Would definitely stay at Casa Megumi again.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Natalia and the family, Thank you so much for staying at our place and we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your month-long stay in Costa Rica. Nowadays we have some rain in the afternoon, so everything is lush green and beautiful. We have been pruning the large trees around the pool, and still doing some work on the property, so now, it looks so much more beautiful around the pool side where your family enjoyed spending time at. And, remember, we still have bananas and mangoes you enjoyed eating in this property. Hope to see you again in the future.
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Exceptional Attention

  • 5 of 5

We have just completed a great week with Hisano and her elegant Momma at Casa de Meguimi. Hisano was extremely attentive to our needs and we wanted for nothing. We had the Orchid suite with balcony overlooking the pool, flower gardens and ultimately the mountains in the background.

The Town of Atenas is 5 km away and offers most services you would need including restaurants and grocery stores. Thanks to Hisano's help we had a rental car and did several day trips.

It was a delight and honour to have spent a week in this beautiful place thank you Hisano for sharing your Casa what with us.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Judy, Thank you so much for staying at our Orchid Room. All of us enjoyed your presence and conversations with you both. And, it was so wonderful to see you swim everyday in our pool! Without you, our pool looks so different, as you looked like a mermaid! I hope you are enjoying the beach life right now, which is quite different from life in Atenas, a little small haven for travelers in a cozy hilly town. I hope we will see you again here in Atenas. Once again, thank you so much for being such joyful guests! Hisano
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Nice place to relax

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stay at Hisano's Casa de Megumi in the Orchid room. We found everything very clean and well kept. It had everything we needed. We found the kitchen well stocked Orchid room is an open concept living so quite spacious and also has a nice deck to sit over the pool and enjoy morning coffee. We enjoyed waiting to see the Kell-billed Toucans that come by also other birds like Blue crowned Motmot and Boat-billed fly catcher along with others.

Hisano is very accommodating , she will help with getting around and knows the places to visit that are of interest. Renting a car right from her place was very good. Not having to venture back to San Jose to pick up and return is really a bonus. Busing from near by Atenas is also very easy.

You just won't find a better host.

If you are looking for a place away from the busy life this is for you!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Bonnie, Thank you so much for staying at our place. We so enjoyed having you and are so happy that we had a chance to do things together with you and with other guests as well. After you left, it seems the birds know that you were gone, and they seem to be hiding nowadays, as if they are waiting for your return! It is hot now, so our pool is always used by our guests and some are from Canada! Once again, thank you for staying with us. Look forward to seeing you again. Hisano
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North Carolina USA

Delightfully wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

It is difficult to put into mere words how exceptional Hisano and her son were to our eclectic travel group! I felt so comfortable under their knowledgeable care. I was encouraged to travel by local bus and now kick myself for not jumping off the deep end on the first day. Our driver went above and beyond to make our trip memorable...thank you Donaldo! From the second we arrived in this amazing country, we felt welcome, by our hostess, the locals, around every corner Hisano`s blessing followed. We made new friends, laughed out loud, and truly enjoyed our maiden visit to another country. Thank you for sharing your immaculate casa with us. Right down to the fresh flowers in our perfect.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jennifer and the crew! So glad that you enjoyed your first trip to CR! We miss you all, as all of you are such memorable, very energetic, and adventurous people! After your departure we have started more projects: making our gardens and hill-side filled with even more flowers and plants for the guests to enjoy. I hope we can see you all again in the near future! Hisano & Staff
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Des Moines, IA

A great vacation home with a wonderfully helpful hostess/owner

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for 3 months and could not have been happier. If you want to experience Costa Rica and the wonderful people here this is the place to start. Hisano did everything possible to make our stay memorable. We took the bus into San Jose, to the ocean at Playa Hermosa and visited some of the volcano's, refuge's, and other "out of the way" places. We will be back!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Diana, Thank you so much for coming back again, the 4th year! We feel as if our family members were back back home, each time you are here. It is so nice to be able to talk with you both, learn what has happened to your family and ours, and all the things about your home town and ours here in Atenas. Honestly we feel that your are a part of our family now and I hope we will have more chance to talk, share our thoughts and joys and dine at the pool side in the near future. Hisano
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Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada

March is Marvellous in Atenas

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful three month stay in Costa Rica, January through March in 2015.

We stayed in three different locations and enjoyed our time at Hisano’s more than anywhere else. It is centrally located in Costa Rica, just outside Atenas, on an excellent bus route, about 20 minutes to Town for a cost of 350 colonies, about 75 cents. We used Hisano’s as a base and travelled frequently to San Jose for the symphony and museum experiences, as well as to the Pacific coast beaches, down to Jaco and Quepos/Manual Antonio National Park...we did day trips as well as overnight adventures.

We rented the bungalow at Hisano’s and found it to be immaculate...this is rare in Costa Rica. The insects were controlled regularly through weekly maid service and included fresh linens and a thorough cleaning. The cabina is fully equipped, with two ample bedrooms, large living/dining room area, great kitchen, adequate bathroom, huge covered patio area with table, chairs and a hammock that I couldn’t keep my wife out of. It is modern, bright white tile throughout, attractively decorated inside with Wi-Fi and a cd player. There was no cable TV but we enjoyed Netflicks and other programming through our computers, so not a big deal especially when you consider local programming.

The grounds surrounding the accommodation are beautiful and well maintained, even throughout the dry season, so the hundreds of plants carefully selected and planted by Hisano herself were always green and blooming. Most other places the grass is brown and plants suffering a bit from the lack of rain.

The pool is a short walk down the path and was small but adequate in size and always immaculate.

You will find Hisano herself to be a warm and welcoming host who respects your privacy but is always there when you need her and is always willing to help.

We enjoyed our stay immensely and would recommend this accommodation to anyone.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Brian, Thank you so much for your stay. I am so happy you had a great time here and could travel to many places using public transportation systems, which you used much better than any of us residents could do! You inspired us and other guests to travel using good Costa Rican transportation systems, rather than renting a car! I hope to see you again in the coming years! Hisano
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Juan Santamaria San Jose
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
In Rio Grande and more in Atenas downtown
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Ciudad Cariari, Santa Ana,
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Highway 27
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Many in Atenas, all around
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
Playa Jaco, Playa Herradura, Playa Hermosa
Car: recommended

We have more than 50 kinds of birds in our property to see and the following can be arranged: bird-watching tours, zoo and butterfly garden tours, La Paz waterfall garden and volcano tours, coffee plantation tours, museums in San Jose, beach trips within an hour, canopy tours, art and craft tours, tropical garden tours, Orchid Garden tours, hot-spring tours, etc.


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Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

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Refundable damage deposit $200

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Atenas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Each unit at Casa de Megumi has a full bathroom with hot water.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) 1 queen bed, 1 twin-size bed in Casa Lantana as well as at the newly built apartment in downtown Atenas; 1 queen bed in Orchid Room; queen-size beds in Buena Visa Room., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) 1 full-size sofa-bed in Casa de Lantana
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming

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